Children love the chance to be creative and often get messy at the same time. It gives them the chance to explore their imaginations, express themselves through art work, helps them develop cognitive skills such as problem solving (for example, working out how to turn a lump of modelling clay into a dog), and boosts confidence when they complete a project. Creative sessions are also great for independent play, and allow children to experiment with different materials and colours. Mark making (such as drawing lines on paper) is one of the early stages of learning to write, and can help children practice the tripod grasp (needed for holding a pencil correctly to write) too.
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